By Stratis Galanos


Patricia’s long journey, which began with The Route and the Fair, comes to an end here — a tragic and violent end in the city of Athens that is ravaged by the fires of the Civil War. January 1945, the last days of the Dekemvriana and, while the defeated guerrillas retreat towards the mountains of Attica, Patricia, this unique car with human characteristics and a woman’s soul, will follow her owners in a last-ditch attempt to escape that will lead her to her utter destruction, coming under fire from the British airplanes. What will become of the holocaust? A silver Scarab, her amulet, a symbol of immortality and rebirth. The salvation of the car marks a new beginning for the long-suffering family, whose luck was inextricably intertwined with the vehicle’s fate. A circle closes and a new one opens — the hard and arduous process of restoring the ruins left behind by the Occupation years and the Civil War in run-down post-war Greece.

Being the second volume of the trilogy, the Scarab spans a short period of time — only three months — from October 1944 to January 1945 —, a period that was riddled with historic events that determined to a great extent the future of the country and its people, from the Liberation feast to the tragedy of the Dekemvriana Movement whose death toll was rather hefty.


Stratis Galanos

Stratis Galanos was born in Athens in 1968. He lives permanently in Nea Ionia, Attica. He is congenitally quadriplegic, he moves in a wheelchair during the day, breathes with an oxygen device at night, listens with a hearing aid and writes… but how does he write? You have to see it, to believe it. He studied Law at the University of Athens, where he graduated in 1991.   He speaks four languages, English, French, Italian and Spanish, with corresponding university degrees abroad.   After his internship, he worked first as a lawyer (1993-1996), then as a secretarial support clerk at ANTENNA, (1996) and finally as an administrative clerk at E.YD.A.P. (1997-2012), when he retired.   He was a member of the Audit Committee of the Panhellenic Association of Paraplegics - PA.S.PA.   From a young age he loved fairy tales and dreamed of one day becoming a storyteller himself; he finally managed to become a writer in his senior years. His first novel, The Route and the Fare, was released in April 2019 by the publishing house Livani and has already received rave reviews from book critics. Translated into English and released in February 2021 on the English-language market by OnTime Books to be followed in the summer of 2021 by the release of the second volume of the trilogy entitled, What's remained: A Scarab. The Waldstein Sonata is his third stand-alone novel. It will be released in Greek by Hydroplano and then in English by OnTime Books.

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